IRONMAN Santa Rosa on Saturday, July 29, 2017
On Saturday, July 29, 2017, the City of Santa Rosa and Santa Rosa Metro Chamber are co-hosting the only full length IRONMAN triathlon event in California with a finish line in downtown Santa Rosa near Courthouse Square. The IRONMAN Santa Rosa will bring approximately 2,400 athletes and their support teams to Sonoma County where they will swim in Lake Sonoma, bike to downtown Santa Rosa, run the Santa Rosa Creek trail system, then finish in downtown Santa Rosa while covering 140.6 miles.
Getting Around Town on Race Day
Race-Day Live Traffic Assistance
Download the WAZE GPS navigation app on iPhone or Android for free for real-time fastest traffic routing during IRONMAN Santa Rosa on July 29, 2017.
Traffic Detours & Road Closures in Place During Race
Your Saturday travel plans may need to be adjusted due to planned road closures and detours for the event. Please review the following list to plan accordingly. Visit www.srcity.org/IRONMAN/detours for an overview of key road closures and detours for the entire event, including those outside Santa Rosa.
Detours for Race Day, July 29, 2017, 8AM to 6PM
Road Closures for Race Day, July 29, 2017, 8AM to 6PM
Additional Closures for Race Week
Public Transportation & Downtown Parking
Santa Rosa CityBus Passengers Ride for FREE
There will be no fee to ride Santa Rosa CityBus on Saturday, July 29, 2017. Detours will be in place for several routes; review bus detour routes. Expect delays on all routes that day.
Downtown has several options for inexpensive parking if you plan to attend the event or to shop or dine downtown. View the parking map.
We encourage all Santa Rosa residents to head downtown to check out the fun! All events take place in Courthouse Square, unless otherwise stated.
Wednesday, July 26, 2017
9AM to 5PM - IRONMAN Village open
Thursday, July 27, 2017
9AM to 5PM - IRONMAN Village open
5PM - IRONKIDS Fun Run
6PM to 8PM - Welcome Ceremony with Live Music
Friday, July 28, 2017
9AM to 5PM - IRONMAN Village open
Saturday, July 29, 2017
6AM to 8AM - SWIM course at Lake Sonoma
9AM to 5PM - IRONMAN Village open
9:30AM to 5:30PM - Athletes arriving on BIKE (MUST SEE: BIKE-RUN TRANSITION)
12PM to 12AM - Athletes on RUN course and FINISH (MUST SEE: EACH ATHLETE PROCLAIMED AN IRONMAN AS THEY CROSS FINISH LINE!)
Sunday, July 30, 2017
7AM to 12PM - IRONMAN Village open
9:30AM - World Championship Slot Allocation
Event schedule with full details.
A recent news feature from KRON 4 News review the proper etiquette when navigating traffic circles (aka roundabouts). Watch this short segment and share it with friends and neighbors so that we may all reach our destinations safely!
Potholes are a result of water penetrating the subsurface of the road through cracks in the asphalt. Water in the underlying soil structure weakens the asphalt so that when vehicles drive over the surface, the roadway cracks into chunks that fall apart and form a pothole.
Santa Rosa City crews repair potholes throughout the year. If it is raining, they use a cold patch mix to fill in the pothole. If there isn't rain in the forecast and the air temperature is warm enough to use hot asphalt, they will either dig out the area and replace it with new asphalt or do a light “skin patch” in the affected area.
If you encounter a pothole within city limits call the Pothole Hotline at (707) 543-3871 anytime day or night or use the My Santa Rosa app on your smartphone. City crews will be dispatched to fill or repair the pothole usually within 24 hours.
For more information on potholes, please visit www.srcity.org/567/Pothole-Repair.
To report online or download the My Santa Rosa mobile app, please visit www.srcity.org/515/Report-a-Problem-Online.
Police: Santa Rosa man jailed after striking man with golf club
A Santa Rosa man was in Sonoma County Jail Monday on suspicion of striking another man with a golf club and critically injuring him. Police say Roderick Anthony Bell, 48, and an unidentified 33-year-old man argued Saturday afternoon near Bell’s Howard Street home near the junior college when Bell chased the man with a golf club. The second man initially ran away, according to a news release from the Santa Rosa Police Department, but as Bell turned toward his home, the other man returned riding a bicycle down the street.
Petaluma police warn of phone scammers pretending to be sheriff's deputies
Phone scammers claiming to be Sonoma County sheriff’s deputies are telling people to pay up or be arrested, according to Petaluma police. A spate of calls from con artists purporting to be representatives of Pacific Gas & Electric was reported by Petaluma police earlier this year. Now, instead of threatening to turn off the lights, scammers are threatening a trip to Sonoma County Jail. The scammers, claiming to be deputies, have told victims that they have outstanding arrest warrants and will be arrested if they don’t purchase “Green Dot” pre-paid credit card and provide them card information over the phone, Petaluma police said.
The City of Santa Rosa is offering funding for community projects through the Community Improvement Grant Program and we want to make sure that the Ridgway Historic District gets in on deal!
The Community Advisory Board's (CAB) Community Improvement Grant (CIG) Program supports community building, improves neighborhoods, and strengthens relationships among residents. Grants can include public and community improvements, community events and practices, and may include other elements and activities. All grant requests must be inclusive, accessible, free of charge to participants, and focus on broad community support.
The application period for the 2017-18 Community Improvement Grant is now open and we would LOVE to hear YOUR IDEAS to improve the Ridgway Historic District! Send us an email today!
For more information, visit the Community Improvement Grants website.
THIS SATURDAY — Sell alone or join a neighbor! All streets in the Ridgway Historic District are invited to participate. Signs will be displayed and an ad will appear in the Press Democrat. We will also advertise on Craigslist. Feel free to make additional signs for your home if your street did not receive lots of traffic in the past.
Note: To help with the expenses for the summer neighborhood BBQ, we would like to present the opportunity for you to donate 5 - 10% of your proceeds to assist with this event. This is on the honor system and is strictly voluntary. If you care to participate and would like to share a portion of your proceeds from your garage sale, please place your cash donation in an envelope and deliver it to 321 Benton Street. This would be greatly appreciated and would lessen the expenses on volunteers organizing the Neighborhood BBQ. Thank you very much.
Either way, please join your neighbors by selling and/or shopping at our 10th Annual Ridgway Historic Neighborhood Sale. If it rains, the date will change to June 24th.
Questions, comments, and requests relating to this meeting may be made to the Association via email at email@example.com.
An Excessive Heat Watch has been issued by the National Weather Service for Friday through Sunday.
Temperatures in the Inland areas, including Santa Rosa, are expected to peak in the 90s and 100s. Following unseasonably cool weather, the rapid increase in temperatures to 20 degrees above normal may not provide adequate time for acclimation. These rising temperatures could increase heat-related illnesses for the young, elderly, or other sensitive groups, especially those exposed to prolonged outdoor heat.
- Drink plenty of water
- Limit outdoor activities during the hottest portions of the day
- Seek air-conditioned buildings
- Help elderly and kids stay cool
- Make sure pets and animals have cool areas to rest
An Excessive Heat Watch, as defined by the National Weather Service, means that a prolonged period of hot temperatures is expected. The combination of hot temperatures and high humidity will combine to create a dangerous situation in which heat illnesses are possible.
For information on the heat and fire season, visit www.srcity.org/emergency.
The modern air conditioner was invented only in the 1920s, and it didn’t become a common home feature until the latter half of the 20th century.
But, while some of us might wonder how our grandparents survived hot and steamy summers, the fact is those older homes had a few tricks up their sleeves. They were designed and built with features to help them stay cool without AC.
Mary Wheeler Schap is a registered architect who designs and restores historic buildings to their former glory in Cincinnati, Ohio. She offered this expert insight into the features that made older homes livable in the heat.
In northern states, it was common to create a "stack effect" by opening windows in the basement and top floor. This generated a cool breeze through the house. Further south, before AC many homes were built on blocks, allowing breezes to flow underneath and help keep them cool all summer long.
Ceilings as high as 10, 12 and even 14 feet were common in older homes. As heat rose to the ceiling, lower areas stayed cool and comfortable. Ceiling fans—powered by electricity or elaborate rope systems—also facilitated air movement.
A transom—a small window over a door—allowed warmer air at the ceiling to circulate up to higher floors, providing more air movement throughout the house. Transoms over exterior doors often had hinges and special hardware. This allowed easy access to open and close, helping create airflow while still providing security.
Many older and historic homes had large, double-hung windows. Opening the top sash would allow hot air near the ceiling to escape. Opening the bottom sash, especially at night, allowed cool air to flow inside. Rooms had many windows, some as large as doors. Thick, long draperies were often used in these large windows to keep out the heat. People would “draw the drapes” to help keep a room cool without sacrificing light.
Wraparound porches offered shade from the direct sun while still allowing light to pour through windows. Screened and furnished sleeping porches were also very common. People would sleep outside to catch the cool breeze of the summer night without all the bugs. Many believed that fresh air had health benefits.
Many older homes had light-colored or silver-metal roofs made of lead, tin or copper. This was a great way to reflect heat away from the home to reduce interior temperatures. It’s quite a contrast to today’s dark asphalt shingles that can absorb a lot of the sun’s rays.
If you could afford them, thick brick masonry or stone walls were a great insulator and kept homes cool before AC. Walls 12 to 24 inches thick were common in the Deep South, blocking the heat from the inside as the day wore on, and providing some warmth as the evening chill set in.
Here’s an expert tip: If you own or are considering buying a house built before the age of air conditioning, Mary recommends contacting an architect or energy advisor who focuses on historic homes: “An hour or two walk-through can help you identify a home’s potential for energy savings. He or she can even help you find ways to preserve the ‘look’ of an older home using modern, energy-efficient materials.”
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency also offers some energy tips for owners of historic homes.
And, regardless of your home’s vintage, you can save money on electricity to power a modern cooling system by going solar. Solar panels can complement any home’s architectural style. And SolarCity makes installation and ownership a snap.
Summer is an ideal time to enjoy the variety of outdoor activities Sonoma County has to offer. However, for adults and children alike, additional risks for injury or illness are present, including heat-related illnesses, drowning, and diseases from bug bites. With some preparation, these types of injuries can be avoided.
So take a few minutes to review the Summer Safety tips and be safe and stay healthy this summer. Make this summer memorable for outdoor fun, not for a trip to hospital.
For children ages 1 to 4 years, swimming pools pose the greatest risk. It is important to make safety a priority in and around the water.
Beat the Heat
Whether you are working or playing outside in the summer, if you are not use to the heat, or if the weather is hot, you can be at risk for a heat-related illness. Take steps to protect yourself:
Stop Bug Bites and Disease
Protect yourself and your family by preventing bites and diseases, like West Nile virus, which can be transmitted by insects.
Read the full press release for more information and useful links from the County of Sonoma Health Services: www.sonomacounty.ca.gov/Health/Press-Releases/Summer-Safety-2017.
By Michael P. Varela, Communications Director
With the new year in full swing and the 2017-2018 RHNA Executive Board ready to hit the ground running, we strongly encourage you all to JOIN US on your favorite social networks and INVITE our Ridgway neighbors to do the same!
What are the benefits of engaging with RHNA and residents online? Increased awareness of Association efforts, neighborhood events, and community news with a tailored approach for the Ridgway Historic District.
Don’t like having too many online accounts? Not sure which social media site is right for you? Allow me to provide some insight as to how the Association will use the following networks:
Facebook Fan Page — Give us a “Like” and receive status updates on your personal News Feed. We will share relevant updates regarding Association developments, local events, city news, and various educational pieces for the benefit of Ridgway residents. This page will also include photographs from RHNA events.
Facebook Group Page — This is an RHNA members-only, closed group page on Facebook and requires approval to join. Why? Because we want to ensure that this digital space is fruitful for the intended audience—you! Unlike the Fan Page, but much like Nextdoor, members are allowed to make posts that are easily visible to all approved members. Have some news to share, a question to ask or want to discuss anything relevant to the neighborhood? This is the space for you!
Google Plus — A social network that was originally intended to replace Facebook, but failed much like Myspace, Google Plus better synchronizes your social media activity with all of Google’s services (such as its monolithic search engine). The Association will utilize this space much like its Facebook Fan Page, but without the creation of event pages and photo albums.
Twitter — Don’t like posts that are extremely wordy? Then Twitter may be right for you! With it’s 140-character limit per post (known as a “tweet”), this social network allows us to be quick and to the point. Easily one of the most customizable sites in terms of crafting your feed, Twitter has quickly become known for its ease in providing up-to-the-second updates on developments around the globe. If approached judiciously, this can be your most reliable source of factual news, insightful commentary, and live updates for your computer or mobile device.
Instagram — This social network is all about the visuals and is best enjoyed on your mobile devices. The Association will use this medium to highlight the beautiful sights of the neighborhood and provide a fresh perspective for Ridgway residents old and new.
Have any questions on how to best use these social networks? Please do not hesitate shoot us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Ridgway Historic Neighborhood Association online:
Facebook Fan Page • Facebook Group Page • Google Plus • Twitter • Instagram